iWitness: New Game Show from Judge Judy Debuts


By Suzanne Monteverdi

For fans of Brooklyn native television icon Judge Judy, this game show will certainly catch your eye.

The new television show “iWitness,” created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, will air on WWOR TV Channel 9 at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. daily for six weeks beginning July 10.

Each half-hour episode puts three contestants and home viewers’ observational skills to the test. Shown video clips and images, each contestant must recall what they’ve just witnessed before their competitors. In the end, the remaining contestant will have a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize.

“[I’m] so thrilled to embark on a new adventure with such fabulous partners,” Sheindlin said. “iWitness is a compelling game for those from [age] 5 through 95.”

The fast-paced, family-friendly show is hosted by comedian John Henson, known for his stints on “Wipeout,” “Talk Soup” and “My Name is Earl.”

“I think iWitness will be a show that viewers really connect with,” Henson said. “It’s a lot of fun for viewers both to watch and play along at home. I think it has all of the components of a great game show.”

The six-week limited summer test will determine whether the show will launch nationally in fall 2018. Scott St. John, who has worked on “Match Game,” and “Deal or No Deal,” will serve as showrunner.

The show is a collaboration between FremantleMedia North America, Debmar-Mercury and Sheindlin’s Queens Bee Productions, which is also responsible for the hit show “Hot Bench.”

“Judy’s phenomenal track record of success in television and on the bench has absolutely nothing to do with luck,” Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said. “She is brilliant and has struck once again with her latest ingenious concept — a highly addictive and entertaining game show format that we believe has strong potential to live on for many years to come.” 

Host John Henson